Chapter 2: I certainly could use some refining in the Rule #4- Embrace Clarity. Although reading this section I can agree with 100%, I find it very hard to change my habits of talking too much. I can find myself starting with one target focus - but then ending up else where with multiple directions along the way. The solution "use fewer words" is something I need to really think about and plan for. I find when I don't think about my plans prior to teaching, I become much more wordy. It takes time and effort to find the words to condense directions and teaching points.
Chapter 3: The one solution I thought about from this chapter was in regards to cooperative groups. I find that I use this strategy differently year to year. When I have a group that is cohesive and works together easily, I use cooperative teams often. However, when I have groups that do no so easily work in terms, I shy away from cooperative groups. These are probably the groups that needs to learn how to work in cooperative teams even more. Providing opportunities to learn how to share ideas and learn an grow from peers would allow students to grow in their ability to work with others which is a 21st century skill needed by all.
Chapter 2: I think Rule #3: Get Buy-In is something I could work on. Although I feel like my class is often excited to learn, do new workstations or looking forward to what is coming up next, I don't tend to introduce lessons using props. I can see that this would be really exciting for them and definitely draw them in. Last year, I did have Mrs. McGregor write a letter to them asking them for help about her garden. Everyone really got into writing the letter back and wanted to continue the correspondence! I'll have to keep this in mind when I'm planning.
Chapter 4: A solution is tried is model appropriate responses. Kinders really love role playing and it's so good to practice what to do if....I need to plan for this also. The other day we did role playing about how to include friends, instead of exclude. Everyone wanted a turn and I think it made an impact (at least for a couple of days) at recess time.
I am struggling with getting "buy in" with my 5th grade group. I want to make their reading instruction relevant and I want their level of concern raised about what upcoming expectations are! Letting them vote on book choices works ok but not everyone chooses the same book so I'm back to trying to get some students engaged.
Chapter 3...offering more positive affirmations is something I need to keep in the forefront of my mind. This sometimes gets lost in the day to day, stay on task routine.